The iHV is delighted to share new Good Practice Points and Parent Tips information on food allergies, providing up-to-date evidence and references:

Good Practice Points – An Introduction to Food Allergies

(available to iHV members only)

Health visitors are likely to see many different manifestations of allergy such as eczema, asthma, hay fever and gastrointestinal disturbances, and should be aware of these conditions to question whether allergy could be a cause of the symptoms.

These Good Practice Points, authored by Sue Clarke RGN, DN, BSc (Hons) SPPH, RHV, FiHV, Health Visitor, Lecturer in Allergy, Virgincare West Essex, and Jackie Gaventa BA (Hons) RGN, SCPHN, Health Visitor, Practice Teacher, FiHV, Whittington Health Trust, set out what health visitors need to know about food allergies and when the symptoms can be managed in primary care or when referral to a specialist is needed.

New Parent Tips – Managing Food Allergies in children under 5 years

Allergies are more likely to develop if there’s a history of eczema, asthma, hayfever or food allergies in your family. Breastfeeding your baby exclusively for the first 6 months will help to lower their risk.

These parent top tips bring together a collection of evidence-based tips that new parents can put into practice today. Please share with your parents.


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